TEN’s Pilot Week champ: Troy Kinne – but he only just out-rates Kyle

Mediaweek editor James Manning examines the results of Ten’s Pilot Week.

The Pilot Week adjusted metro numbers after all eight programs screened:

Kinne Tonight 378,000 (After the preliminary overnight number was 404,000)

Trial By Kyle 372,000

Drunk History 366,000

Skit Happens 347,000

Taboo 277,000

Dave 246,000

Disgrace 227,000

Bring Back…Saturday Night 203,000

Making a hard commercial call using the above data alone, Trial By Kyle would perhaps be most likely to be the show commissioned to series.

Paul Anderson, Anna Heinrich, Kyle Sandilands, Beverley McGarvey

Kinne Tonight did relatively well and could well be tested with further specials.

Drunk History did well too, and has a good case for another appearance. It is also a format others could be interested in if Network Ten passed on it.

Skit Happens, Taboo and Dave were all further back in the ratings. Harley Breen could be the winner out of that trio with further TV work. Dave O’Neil did very well considering he possibly had the toughest timeslot in the week – 8.30pm Friday.

Ironically the best-packaged program, Bring Back…Saturday Night, pulled the smallest audience. “Is this happening, is this real?” said Rove as he introduced the program on Saturday night. He could have easily been referring to the ratings, which were disappointing. The show bounced from one topic to the next with a mix of old and new faces and was very entertaining, but those numbers? There is no way to judge a format like this though in one outing.

See also: Andrew Mercado on TV: The final word on Australian politics and Pilot Week

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